Hezekiah Stibbs Templeton

Hezekiah Stibbs Templeton

Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Jun 1909 (aged 69)
Twin Bridges, Madison County, Montana, USA
Burial Twin Bridges, Madison County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 12600629 View Source
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Hezekiah Stibbs Templeton was a Civil War Union Veteran. He served in Capt. McCullough's Company I Second Iowa. He fought at the Hornets Nest at the Battle of Shiloh in western Tennessee and Fort Donelson among others. He was released August 16, 1862 on a surgeons certificate of disability. Conditions in the military camps were quite often extremely unsanitary. Disease flourished and killed a great many men. He was transported back to Fairfield, Iowa, where his sister Charlotte or Lottie as she was called cared for him until he recovered.

His records from the Army describe him as 5'11" with grey eyes and black hair, an engineer by trade.

As a border agent he fought outlaws in the country west of the Missouri.

He drove an ox team to Virginia City, Montana in 1864. Originally he prospected for gold in Madison County, Montana Territory. The family found claim certificates, among them being the Emma Mine in Butte, Montana. At some point he drove cattle with another man into Montana. Hezekiah was apparently the cook, the other man looked for strays that had wandered away at night.

Returning to Fairfield, Iowa, he married Catherine Anderson Galliher in on March 24, 1868 The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Chester of the M.E. Church.

Once back in Montana, he discovered his claims had been jumped. He began ranching in the Ruby Valley. There was a great deal of criminal activity in the Ruby Valley, and the families that were ranching in the area were being adversely affected. Since the sheriff was either not doing his job or according to many historians was involved in the criminal behavior. A Vigilante group was formed. Hezekiah was a member of the Vigilantes. H. S. Templeton was initiated into the Masonic Lodge , Nevada Lodge # 4 Territory of Montana. This Lodge was probably called the Nevada Lodge for Nevada City, Montana, demitted on June 28, 1879 which meant he resigned. The family returned to Iowa in 1879 or early 1880, finally returned permanently to Montana between 1882 and 1883. Hezekiah joined the Virginia City, Montana Masonic Lodge #1 , no date recorded but still in the Territory of Montana. His residence was then listed as Ruby Valley and his occupation given as farmer. He was one of the first registered voters in Virginia City. He never missed voting. Catherine, his wife worked as a teacher though we are not sure where, probably a one room schoolhouse in Ruby Valley.

Hezekia and Catherine had 7 children

Major Fay, Born October 7 1869 Died: February 6 1872
Mantie Gaye Heber, November 13 1871 Died May 11 1957
James William, Born May 13 1874 Died May 16 1874
Ernest Montana, Born October 18 1875 Died October 13 1912
Leah Maud, Born September 3 1878 Died May 11 1969
Melinda Margaret Born July 4 1881 Died October 4 1969
Charlotte Catherine. Born July 22 1884 Died April 20 1961

The family moved to Twin Bridges, Montana in September of 1890. They first lived in the early Masonic Building. They later bought 2 lots with a house from a man named Hart. It was on Main Street.

Fairfield Ledger – Jul 7, 1909
page 6 column 5

Death of Hezekiah S. Templeton, Twin Bridges, Montana, June 25, age 69. Born Wayne County, Ohio; came to Jefferson County 1845, left 1867; member Co. E, 2nd Iowa. Wife and several adult children survive.

They were hard working people who struggled to survive in a harsh unforgiving place. They taught their children to have ethics and values, to be involved in the community and to fight for what is right. This example was the gift they left.

Hezekiah is my husbands GG Grandfather. Each succeeding generation has served in the military. My husband served as a Marine A4 pilot in Vietnam. One of our sons was a corporal in the Marine Corps who served in Haiti. Our youngest son is currently serving as a Captain in the USMC as an H46 pilot. The traditions live on. Semper Fi.

I would like to thank all the kind people who leave notes and flowers, it really does touch my heart. I will always try to reciprocate. Many of the people who left notes, have recently lost loved ones and for them I offer prayers for peace and solace.

I especially want to thank Danish Penguin for sponsoring these memorials, it was a thoughtful, generous deed.